Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
—National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Mules were the "engines" for the canal boats. Normally, a boat captain had four mules. Two worked while two rested in their stall in the front of the boat. Captains usually cared for their mules as if they were part of the family. In the canal's peak years, the 1870s, there were about 3,000 mules working on the canal.
The mules portable feed trough was carried on the boat. Rest stops were infrequent, but provided a break in the routine.
A mule, a cross between a male donkey and a female horse, combines the size and temperament of a horse and the strength, endurance, and ears of a donkey.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
Location. 38° 54.248′ N, 77° 3.618′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Thomas Jefferson Street Northwest south of M Street NW, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1052 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. At All Hours (a few steps from this marker); Creating a National Park (a few steps from this marker); Georgetown and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); The Georgetown House (within shouting distance of this marker); Herman Hollerith (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The History of Canal Square (about 300 feet away); Georgetown Historic District (about 300 feet away); Nathan Loughborough's Houses (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Categories. • Animals • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 27, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.